Best Movies of 2016

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This ranking was originally posted on News Cult in December 2016.

Yes, it’s another best movies of the year list, which you are reading perhaps because you know me personally. Or maybe you don’t know me in the flesh, but you follow my writing and want to keep up with my opinions regardless of how much you agree or disagree with them. Or it could be that you have stumbled upon this article by sheer happenstance. In that case, I shall do best to steer you straight.

Is this list more “right” than any other critic’s? It is certainly correct in the sense that it has come from a place of honesty. I feel enthusiastic about these films, and so I have decided to say to the world, “This is my interpretation. Perhaps you will feel the same.”


10. 10 Cloverfield Lane
An anthology-style cinematic universe grows into itself in its second chapter. Mary Elizabeth Winstead finds herself in a bunker under the iron fist of John Goodman, giving the performance of his career. A drum of acid is even scarier than the monsters supposedly outside. Our pulses adapt to the rhythm of the thrills.


This Is a (Quickie) Movie Review: 10 Cloverfield Lane

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There are multiple premises baked into the DNA of 10 Cloverfield Lane, and they are all significant enough to stand on their own. So the success of this film could be due to at least one of the films within it working so well or due to the confluence of all of them making for just the right formula. To best determine that answer, there ought to be an experiment breaking up this clever sequel into its constituent parts, with a control movie serving as the most bare-bones version. Perhaps there could be one sub-version of each with John Goodman, and one without, though that is unnecessary because he is clearly a national treasure.